The collection contains a large amount of personal correspondence, which comprises original letters written by Bouras to her family and the letters of family and friends to Bouras. Bouras' letters in particular provide an insight into the cultural adjustments required in settling into life in a traditional Greek village. There is also a small amount of business correspondence with publishers and her literary agent, Curtis Brown, concerning publication of her books and with the Council of Adult Education in Melbourne for which she has worked. The remainder of the papers relate to Bouras' written works and include drafts, correspondence and reviews of her books, letters from readers, typescripts of published and unpublished stories and typescripts of papers she has presented at conferences. There is also a scrapbook containing letters, published short stories and articles for the period 1980-1988.
The Acc04/130 instalment comprises correspondence with Dr Gwyneth M. Dow and Hume Dow. Also, a small selection of letters from The Age and various writers.
The Acc04/172 instalment includes correspondence from D.A. Rayney, Kate Grenville, Hilary McPhee, John McLaren and others.
The Acc05/122 instalment comprises letters to Bouras, c.1989-1997.
The Acc07/171 instalment includes correspondence with Jennifer (Jena) Woodhouse, c.1989-2003 and including poems and reviews; Beverly Farmer, c.1980-2003; and, Elizabeth Boleman-Herring (American writer, editor and publisher).
Gillian Bouras was born in Melbourne in 1945 and from 1967 to 1980 worked as a secondary school teacher of English. In 1980 Bouras went with her husband, George Bouras, and her children to live in Greece. Bouras published her first book, A foreign wife, in 1986. It is an autobiographical account of her life as a foreign wife in Greece, coming to terms with Greek culture and society. She has continued to explore the theme of cultural identity in further publications, both autobiographical and fictional, since this date. In addition to her published books, Bouras has contributed short stories and articles to newspapers and journals, presented papers at conferences and participated in literary events. In 1981 she completed her thesis on the life of her grandfather for a Master of Education entitled 'School teacher in Victoria: the biography of Arthur John Hicks'. She has also worked with the Council of Adult Education (CAE) in Melbourne, preparing discussion notes for CAE book groups.
Manuscript reference no.: MS 7993, MS Acc04/130, MS Acc04/172, MS Acc05/122, MS Acc07/171.